- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 24 months
Place yourself at the forefront of modern telecommunications on an MSc that’s accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and includes an extended industrial placement. We’ll combine theory and practice as we immerse you in all aspects of digital and wireless communications, two key programming languages and advanced signal processing techniques.
Graduates with expertise in telecommunications are highly sought after in industry. On this MSc, you’ll combine theory and practice to discover the existing and emerging technologies driving rapid advances in telecommunications and wireless systems.
In year one, we’ll introduce you to the components of communication networks, examine the fundamentals of radio frequency engineering, and show you how to design and develop digital and wireless communication systems.
Gaining knowledge of the programming languages C++ and MATLAB, you’ll receive a grounding in advanced signal processing techniques, learn how to use industry standard software, and develop research and project management skills.
We’ll explore the principles, components and protocols of communication networks and analyse the mechanisms, models and characteristics of radio signal transmission in wireless systems. An introduction to information theory will additionally familiarise you with source coding techniques.
Further opportunities to specialise are available through optional modules. These cover mobile communications and security, microelectronics, electromagnetics, antennas, image processing and advanced systems.
In year two, you’ll undertake a research project in a real-world engineering environment as part of an extended placement opportunity. While on placement, you’ll develop transferable skills and gain insights into the operations, products, practices and culture of the placement provider.
Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
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This module gives a comprehensive coverage of two most popular programming languages, C++ and MATLAB. It aims to help students to gain an understanding of the Functional Decomposition method for program design, and practical skills of designing and coding software for engineering applications based on a problem specification.
This module provides an extensive coverage of the theory and practice of digital and wireless communication systems, to allow the students to be able to design and develop digital and wireless communication systems at an advanced level, with an awareness of all the main factors involved and of existing and emerging technologies.
The module will teach students advanced techniques of signal processing.
This module is concerned with introducing and developing the key skills necessary undertake research and to effectively disseminate the results of that work.
On the whole it is geared to providing training in these skills through observations of real-life examples and best practise and importantly hands-on training.
In particular, the module addresses the mechanics of research, gathering information, managing and planning the work, report writing and giving oral presentations.
The assessment of skill development throughout the study comes through the completion of five assignments.
The overall aim of this module is to design and simulate a wireless communication system using industrial standard software.
This module introduces the principles of communications networks, thier components and protocols.
Students are provided with basic concepts about network architectures, the reference models used to describe them, the major protocols used at each communications layer, and the tools to analyse the performance of link layer, median access control, Network and Transport layer protocols.
The main protocols for routing packets over the Internet are also introduced, along with an overview of the packet switching architectures used in the core of today’s routers.
This module is aimed to provide an extensive overview of the information theory and coding. Different source codes and channel codes are discussed. Cryptography is also covered.
This module is aimed for the students to gain a good understanding of radio propagation for wireless systems such as mobile radio and radar. The radio propagation characteristics and theories will be introduced and discussed. Radio propagation models in various medium and scenarios will also be introduced and discussed, and then applied to some systems.
This module covers material for understanding and designing advanced embedded computer systems.
Key topics include computer architecture, low-power design, hardware/software co-design and synthesis techniques.
The module prepares students for research and employment in the leading research groups and embedded system companies in the world.
To understand the reasons for the predominance and importance of silicon-based microelectronics to the semiconductor industry. To understand how materials, devices and circuit issues are inter-related and exploited to make the microchips that underpin the information age. To gain experience in using a simulation tool (Multisim) in the design, simulation and analysis of digital and analogue circuit designs. To prepare students for entering the Silicon semiconductor industry.
This module covers the fundamentals of how images are generated, represented, compressed and processed to extract features of interest.
This module will provide advanced modeling, simulation and control techniques and to develop student’s skill of considering engineering problem in a system point of view.
The aims of this module are: To introduce students to the fundamental principles of opto/electronic systems for the transfer of information. To introduce the duality of light as both wave and ray. To show intensity and phase related optical principles. To demonstrate optical information transfer through a number of applications.
The module introduces to the students the basic concepts of electrical plasmas and how they are used in industry. It concentrates on the engineering principles behind plasma technology rather than the physics of the discharge, however some mathematical approaches are explored so that quantification of the action of plasmas upon material surfaces can be made. The module explains how a gas can turn into a plasma and how high energy ions in the plasma can be generated to process a substrate, such as silicon wafer in micro-electronics fabrication. The module is taught by a mixture of power points notes and chalk and talk. There are a number of question sheets given out to help the students understand the basis plasma-material processes. On completion, students will understand how plasmas are used in industry, they will have an appreciation of some aspects of simple design and how plasmas can be configured for the next generation of fusion power stations.
This module will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of high frequency electromagnetics, and circuit design techniques that must be considered in the design of high frequency circuits and systems.
Students will learn in-depth knowledge of transmission lines, the Smith Chart, standing waves and scattering parameters etc.
After this module, students will be able to appreciate the microwave and RF circuit design for contemporary communication systems.
This module is to introduce antenna theory and applications.
Students will learn the fundamentals of the antenna theory and design, and understand the most important antennas.
This module is aimed at developing an in-depth understanding of EMC, the scope of EMC, standards, typical EMC problems and solutions.
Based on the theory, the students are expected to be able to analyse and solve EMC problems, and also use relevant equipment for conducting EMC measurements.
This module introduces the principles of mobile communications networks, protocols and security mechanisms.
The major mobile and wireless communication technologies are covered, including cellular communications (from legacy to 4G/5G and beyond) and popular wireless networks including wireless local area networks (WiFi), wireless personal area networks (ZigBee), and low power wide area networks (LoRa/LoRaWAN).
Students are provided with basic concepts about network architectures, the implementation of different protocol stack layers, the major techniques used at each communications layer, the security mechanisms adopted to protect wireless transmissions.
This module is a major part of the 2-year MSc programme with a year in industry. It worths 60 credits. The project should take place in year 2 during the placement, typically from Sept to next May for a minimum of 30 weeks.
An earlier starting date is allowed which is subject to the agreement between the University and the company involved.
The module will be assessed by an interim report, oral presentation and final thesis. The student will be supervised by a university supervisor as well as an industrial supervisor.
This module aims at developing the student’s ability to undertake a industrial project in a real world environment successfully with limited supervision. The student is expected to apply the knowledge learnt from the university in practice and also expected to gain significant knowledge and skills from the industry, thus the employability of the student should be much enhanced.
This module contains the elements of the second year industrial placement for the 2 year MSc programme that are generic to all work experience. The technical elements of the placement are contained in a different module, ELEC499.
The first year of the programme is taught through a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, guided reading, student-centred learning and project work. Many of the modules require you to develop your skills through independent learning.
In your second year, you’ll undertake an industrial project in a real-world environment.
Modules in the first year of the course are assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. a combination of examinations and coursework. The examinations take place at the end of each semester and typically take the form of an in-person written assignment, usually to be completed in a couple of hours. You’ll be assigned coursework across the length of each semester. This typically takes the form of marked laboratory reports, assignments, essays, class tests and presentations.
The second year of the course is assessed through a portfolio of evidence from your industrial placement and a major project undertaken in your placement setting.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
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This course is delivered by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, which is home to well-equipped modern laboratories for undertaking practical work. The department features a number of strong research groups and has excellent links with the electronics industry. All lecturers are actively engaged in research and most have international reputations, ensuring students are given the most up-to-date and commercially-relevant education.
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The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s leading professional societies for engineers and technicians.
The accreditation provides an internationally respected benchmark of quality. It enables you to complete the first step towards achieving professional Chartered Engineer status. This can be applied for following a period of suitable industrial experience after graduation.
Whether you’re looking to secure a position in telecoms engineering or wireless networking engineering, and whether you want to focus on design, development, research, manufacturing, maintenance or consultancy, you’ll be able to demonstrate the expertise needed for a variety of roles with engineering companies of all sizes.
Skilled telecoms engineering graduates are in high demand. On graduation, you’ll be ready to pursue a career involving:
The majority of our graduates go on to pursue professional qualifications and work in telecommunications engineering, programming, or network management. Previous graduates have gone on to work for companies including:
The analytical, communication and IT skills you develop will also prepare you for a variety of non-engineering positions, as well as potential PhD study.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£11,950|
|Year in industry fee||£2,400|
|Full-time place, per year||£26,350|
|Year in industry fee||£5,300|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
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The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree, or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in a related subject, such as mathematics, engineering or physical sciences.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
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Standard Level 5
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 17, Reading 17, Speaking 19.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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